Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Meadows: Events report available

The long awaited report which will be the backdrop for management arrangements for events in the Meadows is now available here. This will go to the Policy and Strategy committee on Tuesday 12th May.

Many have been in touch with me about this. There has been growing concern about overuse of parts of the Meadows in recent years - particularly the section designated for events just east of Middle Meadow Walk - resulting in ground conditions failing to get enough time to recover. Of course, the Meadows is a jewel in the crown of Edinburgh and the Meadows is a fantastic venue for events. In fact, the Meadows is an important part of Edinburgh's reputation as a leading events and festival city. Although it has taken a while to get to this stage (as the report makes clear) we now need get management rules in place which give clear guidance.

Council officials have been negotiating with potential users and events managers in recent months and there has been considerable uncertainty for event organisers. Nonetheless a number of large events have been moved for this year (Taste of Edinburgh and the Moonwalk).

1 comment:

John Simon said...

Cameron, you say (1) "the Meadows is a fantastic venue for events. In fact, (2) the Meadows is an important part of Edinburgh's reputation as a leading events and festival city."
as if The Meadows was a City Council asset free to be used as they would with it, but it is not.

1) The Meadows are a very unsuitable facility for major events, as is witnessed by the accumulating damage there over past decade or so: note poor drainage, soft surface, and inadequate power, transport, parking, lighting, water, fuel, and toilet facilities.

2) Additionally, this area, as every councillor should know, is protected by law, specifically from development by any council wishing to use it for commercial purposes. It was given to the citizens of Edinburgh by law, so that it might at all times be freely available to serve the citizens of Edinburgh, specifically as open space for healthy recreational purposes. Nothing was added to include chargeable events for entertainment, cultural, commercial, or other economic uses.

This is not to say that these events should not be available to the citizens - just NOT in The Meadows & Bruntsfield Links, on The Mound, in Princes' St. Gardens, or on The Calton Hill. Check-it-out, as they say!

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